Carnival Cruise Line has announced some major updates today, including Carnival Radiance’s transformation being delayed until Spring 2021.
Carnival Cruise Ship Deployment Changes and Delays
In today’s major update from Carnival Cruise Line, it was announced that the Carnival Radiance transformation won’t go ahead until Spring 2021. There will be a Carnival Breeze redeployment which also forces several cruise cancellations. Carnival Magic’s European and transatlantic sailings next year have also been cancelled.
The cruise line also announced that Mardi Gras is delayed until February 2021 which you read more about here.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said:
“We continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global commerce, public health and our cruise operations. In addition to our current pause in service, there have been many other unintended consequences, including shipyard, dry dock and ship delivery delays, and related changes to our deployment plans for our fleet.”
The ship’s transformation from Carnival Victory into Carnival Radiance has already been put on hold due to the global health crisis since spring 2020. Now the cruise line has confirmed that the huge $200 million dry dock transformation likely won’t be completed until Spring 2021.
This is due to a lockdown and restrictions impacting the shipyard in Cadiz, Spain. Carnival is now evaluating its options on getting the huge upgrade completed. The ship was originally scheduled to complete the dry dock on April 26, 2020.
With Carnival Radiance being delayed it means Carnival Breeze will be redeployed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, just north to Port Canaveral. The ship will assume Carnival Radiance itineraries from the popular port from November 8, 2020, to April 24, 2021.
Those guests who had booked the Carnival Breeze sailing out of Fort Lauderdale will lose out as 18 cruises from November 7, 2020 to March 7, 2021 have now been cancelled.
The Dream-class cruise ship has also been impacted as the scheduled sailings in Europe and the transatlantic voyages from March 13, 2020, to May 3, 2021, have now been cancelled. The ship will instead help out with covering cruises in Florida as the Carnival Magic will sail seven sailings previously scheduled for Carnival Breeze from Fort Lauderdale from March 13 to April 24, 2021 out of Miami.
Cruises Will Resume
At the moment, Carnival Cruise Line has suspended operations from the U.S. through September 30, 2020. Hopefully after that cruises will slowly start to resume but with new health measures in place. Other regions in the world have different return dates, including Canada, which has banned cruise ships until the end of October 2020. The global pandemic is still an evolving situation and it is possible that further suspensions may be announced – stay tuned to Cruise Hive for all the updates.